Four Salt Creek School District 48 alums fondly remember the Christmas Carnival each year when they were growing up in Salt Creek Schools. It was a time when the whole community came together and where they made lifelong friends.
Now, the four recreated the favorite event for the current school community. “We got to talking and reminiscing, and we just thought 'let's do it’ and let's see if we can create those same memories for this generation,” said Tracy Schellhorn, who is both a teacher’s aide in the District and a current parent.
She and the three other alums planned Winterpalooza. It was held Saturday, Dec. 7 and featured carnival games, a holiday shoppe, raffle, auction and pancake breakfast. Dozens of parents and staff volunteered and hundreds of alums, current D48 families, community members and others attended the event. “It was everything we had hoped it to be,” said Jessica Lindeen, who was one of the four alums who planned the event. She graduated from Albright in 2003 and is now a teacher’s aide at Salt Creek Primary School preschool.
“It was amazing to see the District 48 community come together for such a great cause -- our kids,” added Lindeen. The two other alums are Laura Miller and Kate Beckwith. Kate works at Albright as an administrative assistant. Kate, Laura and Tracy are also all parents in the District.
In addition, they were aided by an army of volunteers – 14 Willowbrook High School sophomores who ran the carnival games, 38 District staff members who made pancakes and volunteered to serve, and dozens of other teachers, staff, parents and community members. The event raised more than $6,000 from the breakfast, raffle, auction and holiday shoppe.